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Conservatory Roof Alternatives: What Are My Options?

Once seen as a bit of a luxury, conservatories are now incredibly commonplace in homes throughout the UK, having soared in popularity thanks to the additional space and versatility that they offer. Whilst polycarbonate roofing was once the default choice of roofing for many conservatories, recent years have seen a number of different roofing styles emerge as a more energy-efficient and stylish choice. 

But what are the alternative roofs for conservatories? The team at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions is here to talk you through the options available.

Glass conservatory roofs

glass conservatory roof

A glass conservatory roof allows natural light to flood inside, transforming your conservatory into a bright and airy space that is the perfect spot for a playroom, dining room or simply an area where you can unwind and get away from it all. Glass conservatory roofs absorb up to 50% more noise than polycarbonate roofs, making them the ideal choice if you live in a noisy neighbourhood and want to relax without disturbance.

Glass conservatory roofs are also much more energy efficient than their polycarbonate counterparts; an average glass roof achieves a U value of around 1.0 to 1.2 W/m²K, with solar control glass reducing this figure even further. Advances in glazing technology mean that glass roofs now require minimal maintenance, as self-cleaning glass panels can react with UV rays and break down any dirt.

Tiled conservatory roofs

a large conservatory with a tiled roof from Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions

The key selling point of a tiled conservatory roof is the energy efficiency it offers, with a solid conservatory roof from Nu-Look achieving an incredibly low U-value of just 0.15W/m²K. This helps to regulate the temperature of your conservatory all year round, and can even result in lower energy bills as an added bonus. With multiple shades and colours available, the options are endless and your new tiled roof can be easily customised to your liking.

Tiled conservatory roofs are built to last, with a predicted lifespan of over 50 years. When you consider their longevity, they are an exceptionally cost-effective choice, especially when compared to a polycarbonate roof which usually requires replacement every 10 to 20 years. A solid conservatory roof can also boost your property value — you may even end up recouping the cost of your initial investment! 

Disadvantages of polycarbonate roofing 

Polycarbonate conservatory roof

Prior to 2010, in order for your conservatory to be built without planning permission, UK building regulations stated that your conservatory roof should be at least 75% translucent. Consequently, polycarbonate roofing became the norm; however, with advances in roofing technology over the years, it’s become apparent that this is perhaps not the most energy-efficient or durable choice for a modern conservatory. Changes to regulations mean that now you have the freedom to explore alternative roofing styles that offer more longevity. 

Whilst polycarbonate roofing is typically more affordable, it also has a range of other disadvantages, such as:

  • Thermally inefficient: A typical polycarbonate roof provides limited insulation and has a U-value of between 1.6 m²K and 2.4 m²K. This poor temperature regulation means that your conservatory can be swelteringly hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, restricting the use of the room during peak seasons.
  • Noisy: During bad weather, polycarbonate roofing can actually amplify the sounds of rain to make for a loud environment.
  • Lack of durability: Polycarbonate roofing usually lasts for 10 to 20 years, which is a relatively short lifespan when compared to other roofing materials.
  • Aesthetics: Over time, repeated absorption of UV rays can cause your polycarbonate roof to become discoloured and lose its visual appeal.


Are you looking to replace your existing polycarbonate conservatory roof with a more energy-efficient and durable alternative? Here at Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions, we supply and install a range of alternative roofs for conservatories throughout Northampton and beyond. With over 40 years of combined experience, you can rely on us to provide exceptional workmanship and a conservatory roof replacement that will stand the test of time. 

Our friendly team is more than happy to talk you through our services. Get in touch with us to book a free consultation, or you can pay a visit to our Northampton showroom to view our products in person.

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Benefits of a Tiled

Conservatory Roof

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Characterised by clean lines, full square corners and a pitched roof with a central ridge, Edwardian conservatory roofs are a popular choice for those seeking a classic and elegant conservatory.

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